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World’s Largest Goodwill Region Launches Career Skills Development Program with Education Associates

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin to Implement a wide range of Learning Opportunities for the Development of Job & Life Skills (Louisville, KY – May 17, 2018)– Education Associates, developer of Project Discovery, the leading hands-on career education and life skills program solution for every learner, is honored to announce Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin has …

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But What If I Do Not Like This Internship?  

It is important to identify what careers students have an interest in before committing them to an internship that they have no interest in whatsoever. Ideally, students should be allowed to explore a variety of careers before going on an internship and taking/securing a valuable spot that might better suit another student. Internships are great …

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Embrace the Mandate for Career Exploration

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was designed to help youth with disabilities make a smooth transition from high school to employment or higher education. To make smooth transitions a reality, WIOA asks Vocational Rehabilitation and Education agencies to collaborate to prepare youth with disabilities for their next steps, starting as early as age …

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Victoria Campbell Paves the Way for Pennsylvania Students to Become Job and Life Ready

          “Every one of my kids is walking out of my class with a resume.” Victoria Campbell, a Transition Coordinator at the Alleghany Intermediate Unit’s Sunrise School in Monroeville, PA, is opening doors for students with special needs through pre-employment transition services. By developing a strong partnership between the schools, Vocational Rehabilitation …

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WIOA Pre-ETS Solutions for Success

To address WIOA Pre-ETS requirements, classroom instruction that allows for exploration and skill development is essential in a student’s movement from school to the community.  Exploration needs to be varied and progressive – jobs and careers explored in the classroom need to relate to opportunities found in the greater community.  Instruction needs to be engaging …

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What is WIOA?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) places a significant emphasis on the provision of services to youth with disabilities.  It emphasizes the need for youth with disabilities to have more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, to consider their career interests and to get real world work experience. It also requires vocational …

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Wisconsin Partners With Vocational Rehab and High Schools for Pre-ETS Success

At the recent Texas Conference on Transition, experts from across the country weighed in what the WIOA mandate for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) means in practice. Again and again, presenters commented that though implementation may look a little different everywhere, collaboration between public school special education classrooms and local vocational rehabilitation counselors will be key …

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Minnesota Embraces Mandates and Seeks Funding for WIOA Pre-Employment Services

  WIOA recognizes that individuals can’t simply be thrust into the workforce without proper preparation. A recent article in The Minnesota Post highlights that additional state funding is necessary to achieve the worthy pre-employment transition goals of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA legislates a framework for fostering employment for all individuals, including those with disabilities. Currently, …

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What Is WIOA? – Introducing #EmbraceTheMandate

What exactly is WIOA? WIOA is the acronym for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a federal law signed in 2014 and implemented in 2015. Totaling just under 300 pages, WIOA both reauthorizes and reforms pieces of the 1998 Workforce Investment Act.  Adults have always been covered under the law. Now, youth with disabilities and …

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